Cash from curry bash helps deprived communities in India

April 24 2018
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MEMBERS of Victoria Park Baptist church have returned from a journey to India where they supported anti-poverty projects and their fellow Christians in one of the poorest parts of the country.

 

 Title picture: Beverley Chapman unveils a revamped church in the name of her late husband Rod

Well unveiling

Pictured: Unveiling a well in memory of Rod Chapman

Leprosy sufferers

Above: Bandaging the sores of leprosy sufferers

Rev Brendan Bassett with villagers

Above: Rev Brendan Bassett with slum dwellers given blankets by the South Bristol party

MEMBERS of Victoria Park Baptist church have returned from a journey to India where they supported anti-poverty projects and their fellow Christians in one of the poorest parts of the country.

Led by minister Brendan Bassett, they gave out blankets to slum dwellers, helped bring medical care to leprosy sufferers, and paid for wells to be dug in and around Tenali, a city in Andhra Pradesh.

One of the churchgoers, Beverley Chapman, took with her funds raised by wellwishers at a packed-out Comedy and Curry night held at Redcatch community centre in March. The event was organised by Bev’s daughter, Voice sales manager Ruth Drury, and raised £1,000.

The funds helped pay for vital help for leprosy sufferers, who live in isolation and may only be able to get their sores dressed by a doctor every few months.

The party also contributed to a new orphanage for up to 50 tribal children who otherwise wouldn’t get educated.

“It a huge privilege and very humbling to meet these people,” Beverley told the Voice. It was an emotional experience as she was traveling for the first time without her husband Rod, who died unexpectedly last year.

“The local priest, Jean Paul Pinapati, said some of the leprosy sufferers recognised me as Sister Beverley and were wondering where Brother Rod was!

“It’s nice that they know that there is someone out there in the big world – not me particularly, but someone who cares about them,” she said.

In memory of Rod, Beverley also contributed funds herself to two projects.

One is a well in a rural district which often floods in winter. 

The other was repairs to a church where the cracks in the walls were so big that monkeys were getting in!